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Wasing park wedding photo blog (20)The quaint little summerhouse, all white with blue inside and painted apple blossom… the gorgeous bride (I almost called this wedding blog post “The most beautiful girl in the world“) and a lovely English wedding day unfolds in pictures…

Ruth and Tristan were married at Wasing Park, with their ceremony in the Victorian summer house and a reception in the converted barn. They planned the wedding in just 9 months – and did a wonderful job with it all. Their wedding photographer was Michelle Joubert-Martin.

Enjoy!
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The marriage proposal:

Tristan went away on business to the Philippines and on the day he was due to get back into heathrow all the snow hit and the plane was diverted to Manchester. Ruth caught the train to heathrow and waited a few hours before Tristan called from the plane sat on the runway at Manchester and said they were waited for the snow to be cleared and Ruth ought to go home before the snow stopped the trains running.

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Where on earth do I start with this wedding? I love it. I love everything about it: the surprise, the style, the laid-back bride and groom and their family….
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…the delight – and shock! – on guests’ faces; the handmade and gorgeously swooshy wedding dress. Trudie says she was voted “the scruffiest girl in school” and wanted to carry on the tradition… but she, and her dress, look amazing.

I want this wedding to be mine!

For now I’ll leave you with one of my favourite ever wedding reports, which is by Jason and Trudie – and with images of a truly wonderful, unique and spectacular wedding day by wedding photographer Sam Clayton. (When I jumped at the chance to feature such a creative wedding Sam told me, “Trudie & Jason will be thrilled. They thought their wedding wouldn’t be of much interest!” To which, all I can respond is “Pah!”)

See what you think…

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“Our wedding was on the 25th of June, the day following Trudie’s 40th birthday.

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Imagine winning your dream wedding dress! For today’s bride Abi, that dream came true: she entered a competition with her biscuit based proposal story and won! Today I’m handing over English Wedding blog to Abi to share that story and her wonderful wedding report with you – along with photography by PH Weddings.

Grab a cuppa – it’s the loveliest story and you’ll be here for a while!

Abi and Chris – a real wedding in Yorkshire

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wedding photography by Martyn Norsworthy (20)The best English weddings are full of charm which comes right from your heart: Dan and Holly’s day is a special one. Holly’s wedding report describes how she woke up at 5am on the wedding day morning bursting with excitement – “the kind you get on Christmas day when you are a child!”

So how could I resist sharing this lovely wedding full of DIY touches and great ideas with you. It’s everything you’d imagine for a countryside wedding and bundles more: there’s bunting by the mile, and as an extra treat we have a vintage tractor and of course the adorable Peanuts the pony!

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The wedding photography is by Martyn Norsworthy, who captures all those details and the beautiful bride with her handsome groom so well.

Holly & Dan’s countryside wedding

wedding photography by Martyn Norsworthy (26)“I stayed at my parents’ house the night before the wedding and awoke at 5am full of excitement-the kind you get on Christmas day when you are a child! The weather looked ok so I got up and finished putting some finishing touches to the garden and marquee-within half an hour it was raining so had go and collect everything in again!

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Loulabelle (aka Louise) became a friend and a regular source of hilarity as I followed her wedding blog at Met My Match through 2011. As a writer she is simply wonderful. I believe I may have begged to blog her wedding. There’s no shame in that. Such an enterprising, intelligent, creative and beautiful lady?! I had to see her wedding pics!

So Louise planned her countryside creative wedding with a fabulous vintage twist. One thing I hadn’t seen on her blog was that Garry, her groom, was a policeman. Cue vintage police car as a surprise – along with the loveliest driver to chauffeur the boys around.

Of course Louise’s own beloved Bertie (the Beetle) took pride of place carrying the bride and her dad to the church…

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As a surprise I’d arranged a vintage police car to collect Garry, his best man and two ushers who are all Metropolitan Police Officers. The driver Ernie, was fantastic! He even wore his old uniform to add to the experience. Garry was so chuffed when he saw the Police Car rock up outside his best man’s. And the driver was just sooooooooooooo lovely!!!

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wedding wishing tree UK Yesterday I was so happy to share Sally and Gareth’s gorgeous real wedding on the blog – with Sally’s own wonderful wedding report and all those lovely images from wedding photographer Dwiko Arie it was a wedding blogger’s treat!

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Today – I have more. There are literally hundreds of wedding DIY ideas for you here – all vintage inspired, creative and fun. Sally’s ideas for the wedding came together beautifully and Dwiko Arie‘s images captured her inspiration so well.

Rather than making my own inspiration board I’m going to show you some of the images Dwiko sent, just as they are (this wedding photography blog is seriously inspiring – there’s a link at the end you HAVE to visit) and use Sally’s own words to share the details with you.

Enjoy!

Sally and Gareth’s vintage and Caribbean wedding inspiration

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Sally is a big fan of Style Me Pretty and Once Wed blogs, and took inspiration from the wedding blogs she loved. The theme for her and Gareth’s wedding day was vintage English with a Caribbean twist.

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A wedding blogger’s dream… the perfect fairytale wedding jam packed full of details and DIY, a bride who has had the most amazing time creating the perfect day. A glamorous couple, a loving family and a story which is guaranteed to make you cry.

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Especially in the light of the blog post on Hindsight Bride last week, I’m already enjoying sharing this perfect fairytale wedding with you. There are tons of details. There is everything you could see in the very best wedding magazine. Because everyone is different, and for Sally and Gareth this meant a very personal wedding with bells, whistles and a cherry on top. With photos by Dwiko Arie, this really is a dream wedding day.

In two parts – today, the wedding and just the tiniest hint of Sally’s fabulous DIY details. Tomorrow I’ll share the bells and whistles: the knicker bunting, jam jars, table settings and loads more.

Grab the tissues: you’re about to cry happy tears along with Sally’s wedding report.

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How many words do you think are reasonable for the heading of a blog post? And how long do you think it takes to write a blog post heading? About thirty seconds? No. A minute, maybe? No. Five minutes. Because Caroline and Adam’s beautiful wedding day has so many elements I don’t want you to miss! They say bloggers shouldn’t stress about writing everything in the title. Well, ok then. But just for the record, this one’s:

Caroline and Adam’s gorgeous English vintage style Cambridgeshire garden marquee village fete inspired wedding.

The images were very kindly shared by wedding photographer Simon Kemp from Hyde End Studios. I loved the images and the style of the day – there are lots and lots of lovely wedding ideas here for you! Beautiful bride Caroline sent me the best wedding report too – so I’ll leave the writing to her (she’s brilliant – she won’t witter on like I do…)

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Understandably, this wedding day had me intrigued from the moment I first heard about it! Bouncy castles, inflatables and a gorgeous village hall? Yes please! Louisa and Dan were married in Lancashire on the 4th of June and chose Neil Redfern as their wedding photographer. Louisa is originally from New Zealand, although now lives with Dan in Cumbria (spooky coincidence: my Gareth is half kiwi, and I’m from Cumbria! How could I not feature this wedding?!)

Neil told me how the wedding day unfolded: Louisa got ready in a little pub in Arkholme called the Bay Horse, the wedding ceremony was at Lancaster Town Hall and the reception at Arkholme Village Hall. The shots of Louisa & Dan in between the ceremony and the reception were taken on a bridge in Lancaster. The day had a really nice village fete feel to it and was extremely relaxed with lots of fun elements: a BBQ, bouncy castle, hula-hoops and an inflatable thing which guests could roll down a hill in!

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Just a short post and yet again it’s on the subject of vases! I bought a pack of 12 vases which you can buy from Ikea, eBay, Wilkinsons etc, you’ll recognise the shape no doubt, and I mainly bought them for back up in case we needed a few extra for the wedding (little did I know I’d end up with as many as I did!) I refound them a week or so ago, and felt it a waste not to use them, and had been to a haberdashery shop that day buying a ton of lace in cream, coffee, pink and blue.

I thought I’d give customising them a go, not too bothered whether I liked the results (12 vases cost around £7), but I love them! I think they look so elegant, and fit more with the whole vintage look of a few of the other details I have planned.

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If you were here yesterday you’ll remember Ruth and Dan’s wedding day in the schoolhouse at Smallwood Manor – and you may also remember I hinted at the gloriously colourful details and then didn’t show you any.

Ah… meanie! But here they are. Wedding photographer Katy Lunsford sent me so many beautiful photos I had to write two blog posts for Ruth and Dan’s wedding – so you get a whole dedicated ‘get the look’ feature today, all inspired by (and with photos from) Ruth and Dan’s day.
vibrant wedding flowers and details (11)If you love colour and vibrant wedding photos, if you have a creative side and want some ideas for a bright and exciting wedding theme, then you’re going to adore this feature!

vibrant wedding flowers and details (5)The bouquets were made by Ruth’s sister Laura – using gorgeous freesias, tulips and ranunculus in vibrant red, hot pink, orange and sunny yellow colours.

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vibrant wedding flowers and details (1)Keep table decorations simple, colourful and eye-catching. These ribbon flower decorations are beautifully made and guaranteed to be a talking point for wedding guests. Used with table runners and with pink napkins, they’re perfect for splashing a bright colour theme across tables in an elegant way.

Blackboard Signs

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Just a short post about something I forgot to blog about earlier: my blackboard signs. These are so easy and cheap to make, but are such a nice touch and keepsake, or even to give away as a thank-you gift after the day.

Blackboard painting! (Probably not the best idea on the dining room table..)

The idea originated from my Dad (who owns a printing business), when he said “Oh I’ll do a sign for the bottom of the drive to show guests where the house is” as, basically, we live in the middle of nowhere. I thought it would be a nice touch to have a big gilt framed blackboard saying something along the lines of “Dav & Sal’s Wedding” or “Wedding This Way!”, and handily I had a spare gilt mirror lying around the house since we moved.

Like most of the wedding paraphernalia (vases I’m thinking of you), I got a little carried away. I ended up making smaller blackboards for the cake table (to say ‘Let them eat cake’), the guestbook, parking, the toilets, etc. They’re so cute though, and we’ll be using them for our couples shoot idea which I’ll be blogging about soon.